Students at Suame King Faisal Islamic junior high school in the Ashanti region are abandoning the classrooms to engage in internet scam (Sakawa) after one of their colleagues hit a jackpot of GH₵1 billion through the scam.
Teacher at the school, Michael Womowura has revealed that most of the students do not return to their classrooms after the first break.
READ ALSO: Mahama charges graduates to add value to their certificates“This kind of Sakawa thing that has come, we have some children who were here and have not finished and they have won money so they have stopped coming. There was one guy here called Sammy he won almost GHC1 billion and now he is gone to Germany. So now a days, if you go into every internet café, the children are there looking for fast money. Now they know that they can win money so we are begging the government to make laws to shut internet cafes from the morning till about 2:30pm," he revealed.
Sakawa is a widespread practice in Ghana and other African countries which combines modern Internet-based fraud practices with ethnic (traditional) or religious rituals. The rituals which are mostly in the form of sacrifices are made so that a supreme being aids them (culprits) in getting whatever they may ask from their victims without their victims denying their request.